• ‘Seeing’ my Beloved: Darsan and the Sikhi Perspective”. Body and Religion

      Takhar, Opinderjit Kaur (Equinox, 2018-11-09)
      ਕਾਗਾ ਕਰੰਗ ਢੰਢੋਲਿਆ ਸਗਲਾ ਖਾਇਆ ਮਾਸੁ॥ ਏ ਦੁਇ ਨੈਨਾ ਮਤਿ ਛੁਹਉ ਪਿਰ ਦੇਖਨ ਕੀ ਆਸ ॥੯੧॥1 The crows have searched my skeleton, and eaten all my flesh. But please do not touch these eyes; I hope to see my Beloved. (Guru Granth Sahib (GGS), Ang/page 1382) Sikhi, by which I refer to the teachings primarily contained in the Guru Granth Sahib (GGS), are replete with references to the eyes and for a longing to ‘see’ the Divine, often referred to as the Groom and the Beloved. The term generally used for this ‘vision’ in Indian philosophy is darśan, derived from a verb root dṛś, ‘to see’, therefore implying a vision of the Divine, and also a vision of Reality. My discussion will focus on the concept of darśan from a Sikh perspective.